Three rockets fired into Israel from Lebanon land in sea

Israel confirmed the report and said there was no damage or casualties.

Men parade with a makeshift rocket written in Arabic, "Qassam Brigades", after the Hamas armed wing during a demonstration called by Hamas in the southern Lebanese city of Saida late on May 11, 2021. AFP
Men parade with a makeshift rocket written in Arabic, "Qassam Brigades", after the Hamas armed wing during a demonstration called by Hamas in the southern Lebanese city of Saida late on May 11, 2021. AFP

At least three rockets were fired from Lebanon towards Israel on Thursday, security forces in Lebanon said.

Israel confirmed the reports but said no damage or casualties were caused.

“A short while ago, three rockets were fired from Lebanon into the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of northern Israel,” the Israeli military tweeted.

A spokesperson for UNIFIL, the UN peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon told The National that it was verifying from where the rockets were launched, and urged restraint.

"UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Del Col is in touch with both parties urging maximum restraint and to cooperate with UNIFIL in order to prevent further escalation.

"Our troops are on the ground working in cooperation with LAF [Lebanese Armed Forces".

A separate Israeli statement said that the rockets landed off the coast of Galilee.

"According to protocol, no sirens were sounded."

Air raid sirens only sound when attacks are on course to hit populated areas.

A Hezbollah spokesperson refused to comment on the strikes.

It was unclear who was responsible for the attack launched from the Qlayleh area north of Naqoura, near the border with Israel.

South Lebanon is home to Palestinian militant factions as well as the powerful Shiite Hezbollah group.

Hezbollah controls a vast arsenal of rockets and missiles and fought a bloody 34-day war with Israel in 2006 – six years after their bloody insurgency forced Israel to withdraw from Lebanon after a years-long occupation of the south.

The attack comes amid the bloodiest outbreak of violence between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza since the last war in 2014.

At least 87 have been killed in Gaza, including 18 children and eight women, while seven have been killed in Israel, including one soldier.

Over 530 Palestinians have been wounded in the blockaded strip since fighting started on Monday evening.

Updated: May 13, 2021 11:42 PM

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